EnviroScience Restoration Work Earns AAPA Lighthouse Award

January 4, 2024

EnviroScience Restoration Work Earns American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Lighthouse Beacon Award of Excellence in the category of Environmental ImprovementWe are proud to announce that Joe Cappel, Vice President of Business Development for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, recently accepted the Lighthouse Award of Excellence in the category of Environmental Improvement from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) at its annual convention held in Denver, Colorado, for the Wetland Restoration Project at Duck Creek (Mitigation), in which EnviroScience played an integral role.

With funding from Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio grant program, EnviroScience, Inc., RiverReach Construction, and Geo. Gradel Co. joined a coalition of team members—including Midwest Terminals of Toledo, Inc., Cleveland-Cliffs, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources—to assist the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority in restoring a severely degraded stream and wetland system along Duck Creek in the City of Toledo, Ohio.

Restoration services included the redesign, construction, invasive management, and revegetation of the stream and wetland system to support diverse populations of native wildlife within the Lake Erie basin. By mitigating degradation caused by industrial development and restoring the stream channel to its natural form, the coalition successfully improved ecological function and water quality within and beyond the restoration project area. 

The project design replaced 1,440 linear feet of channelized Duck Creek, an unnatural, man-made impairment, with 2,055 linear feet of naturalized stream. 8.25 acres of existing wetland were restored by removing aggressive invasive species such as common reed (Phragmites spp.) and installing native vegetation, including wildflowers and trees. An additional 2.31 acres of wetland were designed and constructed to strengthen the restored wetland system and provide further habitat for native wildlife. Finally, 10.37 acres of spoil, the excess earthen materials left over from the construction of the Cleveland-Cliffs facility onsite, was seeded for pollinator habitat.

EnviroScience Ecological Restoration Team at H2Ohio Duck Creek Restoration Project Site

We are extraordinarily proud of the dedication, hard work, and environmental stewardship performed by all team members of the coalition. The Lighthouse Award of Excellence in the category of Environmental Improvement is a well-earned recognition of our capabilities, our commitment to excellence, and our Core Values of respect, client advocacy, quality work, accountability, teamwork, and safety.

Click here for more details about how EnviroScience helped restore native vegetation for the Wetland Restoration Project at Duck Creek (Mitigation).

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Few environmental firms in the country retain EnviroScience’s degree of scientific know-how, talent, and capability under one roof. The diverse backgrounds of our biologists, environmental engineers, scientists, and divers enable us to provide comprehensive in-house services and an integrated approach to solving environmental challenges—saving clients time, reducing costs, and ensuring high-quality results.

Our client guarantee is to provide “Excellence in Any Environment,” meaning no matter what we do, we will deliver on our Core Values of respect, client advocacy, quality work, accountability, teamwork, and safety. EnviroScience was created with the concept that we could solve complex problems by empowering great people. This concept still holds true today as our scientists explore the latest environmental legislation and regulations and incorporate the most up-to-date technology to gather and report data.

EnviroScience expertise includes but is not limited to aquatic surveys (including macroinvertebrate surveys and biological assessments); ecological restoration; ecological services (including impact assessments, invasive species control, and water quality monitoring);  emergency response; engineering and compliance services; endangered mussel surveys; laboratory and analysis; stormwater management; threatened and endangered species; and wetlands and streams (including delineation and mitigation). Further, EnviroScience is one of the few biological firms in the country that is a general member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) and offers full-service commercial diving services.